The Evolution of Connectivity – Automating the Fiber Layer

Thursday, 10 June 17:30 – 18:00

Telescent: As optical networks have evolved to higher data rates to handle the astronomical increases in traffic, the percentage of network costs associated with optical components has grown significantly.  For reference, Cisco stated that for 10G networks optics represented about 10% of the total hardware cost of a data center network.  In contrast, optics will represent over 50% of the total hardware costs for a 400G network.  Finding ways to economically address this increasing percentage of optics costs has become a focus for many network operator and suppliers.  Dynamic resource allocation at the fiber layer represents a way to improve optical network economics and can be implemented today using large scale robotic fiber cross connects.  

Telescent has developed their Network Topology Manager (NTM) the uses a robot to economically and dynamically reconfigure optical connections.  This brings software control to the fiber layer, allowing more efficient usage of network resources.  

Applications of the Telescent NTM from data centers to optical networks will be discussed.  Attendees will learn which applications are best suited for robotic cross connects, review the business cases for the different use cases and review paths to implementation.
Telescent has developed their Network Topology Manager (NTM) the uses a robot to economically and dynamically reconfigure optical connections.  This brings software control to the fiber layer, allowing more efficient usage of network resources.  Applications of the Telescent NTM from data centers to optical networks will be discussed.